Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Eye Opening Documentary- Half the Sky

In the past year, I have become a documentary and TedTalks nerd-aholic (if there is such a word).  As I continue to explore, learn and watch thought provoking documentaries (thanks to my Netflix account).

I recently watched this amazing documentary called Half the Sky when it was aired for the first time on PBS.  The documentary showcases what life is like for women across the world and how women are overcoming oppression.

The film is based off the widely acclaimed book by two renowned journalists who also happen to be husband and wife, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.   Through these stories within the book and film, Kristof and WuDunn help you see that the key to economic progress and change lies in the unleashing of every women's potential.   This film highlights how many people have helped do just that, even to the extent of risking their own lives, and conveying how we can each do our own part in helping women across the world be released from oppression.

I will admit that some scenes of this documentary were almost too hard for me to watch and I felt every emotion.  There were moments when I felt angry, sad, horror, fear, and completely disgusted.  Then there were moments when I felt motivated, empowered, and excitement for the progress women are making around the world against issues that are having an impact on their wellbeing.

One of the key takeaways I took from this film was how fortunate I am for the life I am living.  Sometimes it is easy for us to want to turn and look the other way or want to "ignore" what is really happening in the world we live in.  This film opened my eyes and has made me grow as not only as an individual but as a woman.

Learn about how you can help the Half the Sky Movement by visiting http://www.halftheskymovement.org/.  You can volunteer or donate to any of the wonderful nonprofit organizations that are helping women overcome oppression.

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